Annapurna Circuit & Annpurna Base Camp Overview: What to expect

What can you expect from this trek? When to go? How should you prepare? Do you need a guide?

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AC: Ghorepani – Tadapani + Poon Hill | Dec. 28, 2015

Poon Hill Ghorepani is like the “base camp” for walks up to Poon Hill – which is famous for the beautiful lit mountains at sunrise. It’s as touristy as it sounds and even in off season it was very busy. Compared to the small amount of hikers on the Annapurna Circuit in winter, the area around Ghorepani…

AC: Dana – Ghorepani | Dec. 28, 2016

My knee still hurts in the morning from the many stairs we took the day before. Lacking alternatives (no jeep to Ghorepani), I decide to continue to hike. After the first 90 minutes a highlight awaits us anyway: the hot springs of Tatopani (which means Hot Water). We soak ourselves in the pool for 20-30minutes,…

AC: Tukuche – Dana | Dec. 26, 2015

I am free! Incredible that I feel so free without my guide… that was definitely a lesson learnt for me – I am not done for hiking with a guide (especially not this one) on my own. Mirke and I started early again but have to hike for a few hours at the “wrong” side…

AC: Kagbeni – Tukuche | Dec. 25, 2015

What a day! I hiked river beds, almost lost my guide, did some big apple shopping, hiked a lot, had a beautiful detour and big fight,  was very happy to have a friend with me, almost got lost with my guide, had to send my guide home. We start from Kagbeni (2810m) early at 7am to…

AC: Muktinath – Kagbeni | Dec. 24, 2015

It’s Christmas Eve but it doesn’t feel at all like Christmas season in the Himalaya. This is actually a good thing – otherwise I am sure I would have missed Christmas at home a lot. But here I am in a different world and don’t need to celebrate Christmas, I get to see the beauty…

AC: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath | Dec. 23, 2015

This is the long awaited – dreaded – looked forward to (?) day where I am going to cross Thorong La Pass at 5416m altitude. The night was horrible, I didn’t sleep much and once even had the feeling I cannot breath at all. I am getting up at 4am, taking a few shots of…

AC: Khangsar – Thorong Phedi Camp | Dec. 22, 2016

After a good night of sleep we’re up early again for the long hike to Thorong Phedi. The sun is there as every day and I enjoy the great view from the window of my room. Would it be like 20 degrees warmer I really could hang around longer everywhere and just enjoy the nature….

AC Side Trip: Tilicho Lake | Dec. 21, 2015

I cannot believe I really made it to one of the highest lake in the world! Once I decided on doing the Annapurna Circuit in winter, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to to the side trip to Tilicho Lake. Usually in december there is too much snow, making the crossing far too dangerous. But…

AC Side Trip: Manang-Tilicho BC | Dec. 20, 2015

What a day! Impressive landscape, quite different from the trail so far on the Annapurna Circuit (AC) and a lot more difficult. It feels great to start the day as a group. With my guide, we are now 9 people to walk from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp today. After checking in at the Tourist…

AC Side Trip: Ice Lake | Dec. 19, 2015

Most trekkers take a rest day in Manang for acclimatization. Walk high and sleep low is the best way to get used to the altitude. So I decided to go really high today, from the 3,540m in Manang up to the 4,600 of Ice Lake. My guide adviced it would be too difficult, but having…

AC: Ghyaru to Manang | Dec. 18, 2015

This morning my water in the drinking bottle is frozen and my thermometer shows -5°C. I am “only” at 3600m, how will this be at much higher altitude? Luckily my sleeping bag is cozy and warm. Getting out of the sleeping bag into my clothes is a completely different thing though. I will probably be a…